IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 115: Aspects of Medieval Political Culture in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Under-Age Rule, I

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
Organisers:Tania Tribe, Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 115-aChild Caliphs in Early Islam
(Language: English)
Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 115-bEochaid Son of Rhun: The Earliest Scottish Minor or a Ghost in the Machine?
(Language: English)
Alex Woolf, Department of Scottish History, University of St Andrews
Paper 115-cUnder-Age Rulers in the Merovingian World
(Language: English)
Matthew J. Innes, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Abstract

This session is one of a strand of seven sessions that aim at comparing aspects of medieval political culture in the Latin West, the Byzantine commonwealth and the Islamic world. Despite such quite different areas of chronological or geographical specialisation, studying these areas’ medieval politics clearly results in certain common themes for which a series of comparative sessions may open new perspectives, allow to draw parallels which might otherwise not have been thought of, apply different methodologies, but also define more clearly where Western, Byzantine and Islamic medieval political cultures differed.
Reflecting the theme of IMC 2005 (Youth and Age), this strand’s specific topic concerns under age kings and rulers. In this session, the general concept of under age rule in the Latin West, Byzantium and the medieval Middle East is being addressed, especially in their early, formative periods.